1951 Mercury Hirohata Kustom 2021 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals MCACN 2021 V8TV

When it comes to kustom cars, the 1951 Mercury built by George and Sam Barris for Bob Hirohata is about as legendary as it gets. The car innovated kustom design elements, and remains Continue reading “1951 Mercury Hirohata Kustom 2021 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals MCACN 2021 V8TV”

1967 Chevrolet Camaro

This 1967 Chevrolet Camaro restomod is getting the whole Pro Touring treatment as we restore the body and install a GM LSA 6.2 Supercharged V8 backed by a Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed transmission at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop. We thought we’d share an update as we build the car in our latest “What are you in for” video series where we share in-process projects from around the shop!

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1971 Ford Torino GT Convertible 2021 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals MCACN 2021 V8TV

This is super clean 1971 Ford Torino GT convertible might look like a show car, but in reality, owner Frank and Terry Szymkowski drive this car to shows and events whenever they Continue reading “1971 Ford Torino GT Convertible 2021 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals MCACN 2021 V8TV”

This 1961 Ford Starliner owned by George Poteet was a huge hit at the 2021 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals MCACN Show in Chicago. Here, restorer Zach Straits is interviewed by Kevin Oeste of V8TV.

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Here’s the complete restoration story as told by interviewee Zach Straits:

“The Poteet Starliner – A Restoration Story.

This 1961 Starliner Z code FE 390/300 3 speed overdrive started life in California then to North Dakota and for the last 15 years in Mississippi as a part of the George Poteet collection. With only 61k miles this rust free Starliner was a real pleasure to restore for George. The intent was to over restore beyond factory original concentrating panel gaps, flat panels and a high-end finish but maintaining the stock appearance void of a few trim pieces. The chrome, aluminum and stainless trim re-installed on the original Cambridge Blue metallic paint begged to be perfect. That’s where the restoration started. All pieces except for a few stainless trim pieces was taken to Jon Wright’s Custom Chrome in Grafton, Ohio for a show chrome finish even on the aluminum parts. The car was completely disassembled bagged and tagged and after the undercarriage was dustless blasted the body and suspension parts were taken locally to Devils Bowl Autobody.

All agree Starliners have great lines but the eight-foot quarter panels, huge hood and trunk and all the sheet metal came from the factory a little wavy. Brad at Devil’s Bowl spent over 1,089 hours hand sanding and flattening every panel inside and out. Hours were spent on the panel gaps and getting the signature tail light surrounds and fin caps to fit perfectly. Axalta finishes were applied and wet sanded and buffed then after complete assembly Max from MX Autocare completed a final paint correction getting the surfaces perfect.

The original 390 FE engine was sent to Jeff Burns Racing Engines in Tupelo where with the help of Alan Hutcheson “Hutch”, the caretaker of the Poteet Car Farm Collection, did a complete rebuilt dyno-ed exactly at 300HP. The original 4 barrel carb was sent to ford expert and historian Don Brown for a complete factor finish and working order restoration. The original 3 speed overdrive was rebuilt by transmission experts Earl McCary and Richard Miller of Staunton, Va. Alan Completed the rebuild of the original 3:50 gear 3rd member. Hutch also sourced the many crates of restoration parts.

The frame was powder coated by Power Coating Solutions and all the suspension parts were body worked and shot with industrial single stage paint by Devil’s Bowl. 1957 Ford body mounts were lightly modified and the body was set back on the frame with the help of John and Kay at Classic Motorsports.

The interior seat insert fabric on any blue Galaxie is tough to get a good match to the SMS door panels so we used door panel vinyl on the get the correct match. George Folks of Waynesboro Upholstery did an excellent job making and installing the seat covers and installing the headliner before the glass installation. The original back package tray was taken to “Hemi” Eddie Strzelecki Jr. for the first fiberglass reproduction for a 1961 Starliner.

All new glass was purchased from Auto City Classic and installed by Augusta Glass. The stainless trim down the side and around the glass was polished by local professional polisher Stewart Peters.

This restoration would not have been possible without the help of a lot of friends. Especially Scott Balsley who partnered with me for a combined 1,217 hours of restoration time.”

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1957 Ford Thunderbird Coyote 5.0 and Chassis Swap Photos and Videos

1957 Ford Thunderbird 5.0 Coyote Swap and Custom Chassis Part 2 V8 Speed & Resto Shop V8TV

A great way to enjoy a classic car is to upgrade it with a modern engine, transmission, and suspension system for today’s power, performance, and reliability with yesterday’s classic Continue reading “1957 Ford Thunderbird 5.0 Coyote Swap and Custom Chassis Part 2 V8 Speed & Resto Shop V8TV”

The 2021 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show is happening on November 20 and 21st at the Donald E Stevens convention Center in Rosemont Illinois near Chicago. This year marks the triumphant return of the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals and we are all excited Continue reading “2021 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Preview Video – Muscle Car Of The Week MCACN”

Hydrogen Powered Chevrolet Pickup 2021 SEMA Show Arrington Performance V8TV

This sweet 1949 Chevy pickup is powered by a supercharged LS3 that has been converted to run on compressed hydrogen gas. It’s not a hydrogen fuel cell, but actual compressed hydrogen fed into Continue reading “Supercharged LS3 Powered Chevrolet Pickup Runs on Hydrogen Gas 2021 SEMA Show”

1957 Ford Thunderbird Coyote Swap

1957 Ford Thunderbird 5.0 Coyote Swap and Custom Chassis Part 1 V8 Speed & Resto Shop V8TV

A great way to enjoy a classic car is to upgrade it with a modern engine, transmission, and suspension system for today’s power, performance, and reliability with yesterday’s classic Continue reading “1957 Ford Thunderbird 5.0 Coyote Swap and Custom Chassis Part 1 V8 Speed and Resto Shop V8TV”

There are many things to consider when planning a custom mandrel-bent exhaust system for your Classic, Muscle Car, or Hot Rod. Here at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop, we bring up a whole list of question to the customer as we plan a system. Here are some of the high points:

  • What is the purpose of the car?   Street driving, drag racing, road course racing, etc?
  • What kind of exhaust system is on the car now?
  • Do you have headers?
  • Do you have catalytic converters?
  • Do you want stainless or mild steel?
  • Do you want any type of coating?   Ceramic?  Color?
  • Do you prefer MIG or TIG welding?
  • Do you want an X or H Pipe?
  • Do you prefer Tucked tightly to floor or right out of the box fitment? 
  • What kind of tips do you prefer?   Where? 
  • What size pipe diameter?  2.5″ is most common, but 3″ can often be accommodated.
  • Round or oval pipe?
  • Do you have a brand of mufflers you prefer?  
  • What sound level do you want?   Stock / quiet, loud, etc?
  • What type of tone?   Mellow, deep, raspy, etc.?
  • Do you want cutouts?
  • Is there a preference for clamps?   Standard pipe clamps, welded-on V-Band, etc?

Once these questions are answered, our techs can go to work designing a system that delivers on all requests.